The GAA clubs of Waterford are set to benefit from an ‘unprecedented gesture’ of goodwill this winter, one which will be music to the ears of every club treasurer in the county.
Before we went to print last night, RTE were reporting that Limerick billionaire, JP McManus is to donate €100,000 to every Gaelic Games county board in Ireland to be divided equally among their local clubs.
JP McManus is a fanatical hurling fan and has been sponsor of the Limerick GAA teams for many years. The €3.2million gesture has been made on the back of Limerick’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship win this year
The South Liberties clubman is heavily involved in sport, including horse racing and the upcoming JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in July 2020.
A letter to each county board has said the intention is for the continued development of Gaelic Games in the country.
A spokeperson for the GAA has described it as “unprecedented” and an “incredible gesture”.
Meanwhile, Ronan Morrissey is reporting in today’s news section of the Waterford News & Star that, despite two appeals being lodged against the proposed redevelopment of Walsh Park to An Bord Pleanala last week, the Waterford City South Combined Residents group remain confident that their issues will be dealt with and the project can progress.
Residents Associations at Belvedere Manor and Manor Lawn sent appeals to An Bord Pleanala in relation to the plans although residents have been happy with how the County Board have been cooperating with them in recent months.
A traffic management plan put in place for Sunday’s Championship semi-final between Ballygunner and Passage was deemed a success and highlighted the County Board’s willingness to eradicate the residents’ issues regarding access on match days, according to Tony Madigan of the Manor Lawn Residents Committee.
“Regardless of whether appeals were made or not, we would have continued to work with the GAA. Yesterday they had a full traffic management plan in place and it worked out for the local residents. Manor Lawn was looked after, Belvedere worked out well – they had Gardaí at checkpoints around the ground and cones were used. In a way it might not have worked for areas further away like Hennessey’s Road but it was still a real positive.”
Tony added that there is another meeting planned between the Gardaí, County Board and Waterford City South Combined Residents on October 3 where they will get to work on addressing the problems from the first day, adding that he was confident these could also be dealt with.